Roque Bluffs State Park provides visitors with a great diversity of coastal landscapes to enjoy in 274 acres on Schoppee Point (south of Machias). A beautiful, half-mile crescent of sand and pebbles along Englishman Bay is backed by the shallow waters of 60-acre Simpson Pond - allowing for bracing saltwater swims and much warmer fresh water soaks. Between the beach and the pond are several picnic areas and a children's play area adjoining the parking area. A 6-mile trail network just inland from the shore leads through old orchards, fields and woods, with paths that follow the rocky shores of Great Cove and Pond Cove. The diverse habitats at Roque Bluffs State Park support abundant wildlife, and bird watchers enjoy interesting sightings at all seasons. Bald eagles frequent the area year-round and many migrant species stopover during spring and fall. Birders occasionally spot less common waterfowl, such as Barrow's Goldeneye, Redhead and Gadwall ducks, and Hooded Mergansers. During summer months, pipers, plovers and interesting species of gull (like ring-billed) frequent the beach. Both Englishman Bay and Simpson Pond can be explored by canoe or kayak (with rental kayaks available for use on Simpson Pond). The pond is stocked so anglers can fish for brook trout in the spring and brown trout through much of the summer. Bait fishermen use the pond in fall and winter.

Whole family enjoyed- ages 4-40 and varying abilities. About 2 hours to complete at a slow pace (4 year old led most of the way). Lots of blueberries to eat and mushrooms and moss to view. Not too muddy; boards covered the worst parts. Nice young kid hike but with interesting parts (blueberries, boards) to interest older kids.

Great trails for kids and dogs. We enjoy walking the trail loop through the forest, then going down the road to the beach to relax. The beach (pond side) also has bathroom facilities, a play ground, picnic area and swimming. Dog families should note that dogs are not permitted on the beach. Best time of year to hike, if you prefer to be alone in the woods, is during the Spring and Fall months.

7 months ago

This is a super chill hike with nice scenery. Summer months get a bit busy. It's also a great place to take the dog. In the winter, this is a great little trail to do some snowshoeing.

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1 month ago